Executive Team

Sending Sunshine is a not-for-profit corporation that collects and distributes cards to seniors living both in the community and residing in care facilities across Canada. The team was inspired to start Sending Sunshine when they noticed that senior citizens, a group already vulnerable to depression and loneliness, were hit especially hard by the  COVID-19 pandemic, both physically and mentally.

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Marissa Parker

Executive Director

Born and raised in Mississauga, Marissa is a graduate of Carleton’s International Business program. In her free time, Marissa enjoys running, trying new experiences, travelling, and reading!

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Michelle DeVita

External Relations Director

Michelle is an alumna of Ryerson University and she has lived in Mississauga for 30 years. When Michelle isn’t generating ‘sunshine’, you’ll find her in her garden, reading, travelling, or trying to teach her rescue dog new tricks.

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Tracy Wu

Marketing Director

Born in Toronto and brought up in Mississauga, Tracy is currently a J.D. candidate at Queen’s University, Faculty of Law. In her spare time, Tracy likes to hike with her dog Shadow, play badminton, and try new restaurants!

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Autumn Hirst

Chapter Director

Autumn will be starting her first year at Western University for psychology in the fall. Her interests include reading, travelling, being with friends, and hiking! 

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Emily Crowe

Events Director

Born and brought up in Mississauga, Emily is a recent graduate of McMaster's Bachelor's in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering program. In her spare time, Emily likes to cook new dishes, attempt knitting projects, and read outside.